Skip Bayless Rejects Warriors’ Steph Curry from Entering His All-time Top 20 NBA Players List

Published 04/20/2021, 9:22 PM EDT
Mar 17, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) leaves the court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


To the analysts who believed Steph Curry last enjoyed his peak in 2016, the man is now writing a letter of complaint. If anything, he has been at par with his championship year performance this April. The result of his Herculean show is readable in the winning graph of the Warriors who are back as a potential threat.

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The Warriors have been 6-4 in the last 10 games and now have a slim hope of making it to the top six of the WC. For them to achieve this milestone, Steph Curry will have to continue his commanding play on the court. But is Steph now a deserving candidate to enter the Top 20 list of NBA players?

NBA analyst completely disagrees with Steph Curry joining the greats

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Skip Bayless, a popular NBA analyst, has always been critical of Steph Curry and his achievements. He never saw in Curry what he saw in the legends that have blessed the league in the past. In a recent interview, he confirmed that with his own words.

The 69-YO expressed, “I’ve got Hakeem, I’ve got Oscar, I’ve got Dr J. These are all better than Steph, right here, right now. I’ve got David Robinson, you think not? Karl Malone, second all-time leading scorer… I’ve got Bill Walton… he dominated pro basketball very few dominated. He got hurt… He took it over. He was the runaway MVP, regular season, finals. I haven’t seen that from Steph yet. I haven’t seen him take over in the biggest moments. I’m sorry, I still have Dirk in my top, in my second tier to be the Top 20, did he not win finals MVP?…Jerry West, he’s better right there over Steph.”

Clearly, he left out a three-time NBA Champion who revolutionized the game of basketball. 

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In the last 11 games, Steph has averaged 40 ppg, 54% FG, 50% 3P accuracy, and made 78 threes. This has forced his name into the MVP conversation that is led by Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic. However, Skip Bayless rejected Steph’s candidacy heads-on and gave his reasoning behind the tough call. The outspoken sports columnist listed out his worst pre-April three-point games to make his point.  

Skip even went on to call the Warriors’ all-time top-scorer a “unclutch” and listed the playoff games where he arguably choked. 

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In all these talks, Bayless seems to have forgotten to consider that Curry is playing with a team that lacks Klay Thompson and James Wiseman, among other injured players. It is him, who has kept their postseason hopes alive, and that comes only from a legendary player.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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